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“Bleeding glaciers”. photos by Hannes Becker
We all know that we do damage our planet, but we didn’t realize we would actually making it bleed. Well ok, blood isn’t really leaking out of this glacier, but it’s a critical warning though.. the red color are sediments which were frozen into the ice and carved down from the mountain on the left. Once the glacier fronts are calving and melting, the sediments are mixing with the ocean water - Creating these surreal and dramatic looking sceneries. Glaciers used to be reflecting most of the sunlight, keeping the planet cool. Sadly though, in the past 100 years the ice has been receded A LOT.
The Kronebreen glacier on the picture above, lost about 3km of ice in the last 15 years. The surface of the rocks and mountains are loosing its ice cover and protection, being exposed to the sun and absorbing most of the heat is causing an even faster melting process. In the end it will effect the increase of global temperatures and a rise of the water levels. A frightening feedback loop almost impossible to stop.
the stuff I learned today about my brain and addiction was really interesting
if you were to scan an addict and a nonaddict’s brains, they would be lit up differently. the frontal cortex of our brain controls who we are, our morals, our decision making and reasoning skills, etc.
our mid brain handles life or death survival processing. there is no consciousness at this level. it’s only ability is to try to avoid death and keep us alive
in an addict, the drug of choice triggers the mid brain while damaging/shutting down the frontal cortex. it feels like we have no control over it because in a way we really don’t; the part of our brain that makes logical choices isn’t functioning. our mid brain that thinks we’re dying is functioning, and it sees that drug as the only means to survive
i also learned that we each have a certain dopamine (the chemical that makes you happy) threshold. we have a “bar” that must be reached chemically to make us able to experience joy and pleasure. if you’re over the bar, you’re happy. under it, you’re sad
addicts have set the bar so high that it frequently is the case that nothing can make them happy unless they are high first and foremost. they need a much, much larger amount of dopamine to feel joy because so many dopamine receptors have been damaged and shut down
you know what other group of people have extremely high dopamine thresholds? children in abusive or otherwise high stress environments
addicts and abused children both require much higher amounts of dopamine to feel happy compared to “normal” people. this is a huge contributing factor as to why a lot of these kids turn to drugs: for the first time in our lives we have the amount of dopamine we need to feel genuinely happy, and we never want to go back to being sad
yes! the longer you go without using your drug of choice, the lower your dopamine threshold becomes until finally it is once again at normal levels. the broken dopamine receptors will heal themselves, and with therapy and medication the frontal cortex will gradually strengthen so the survival-focused midbrain has less control and actual decisions can once again be made
yes, please do. please help spread awareness about the disease of addiction and end the stigma against it